Impact of Land Conservation

Mom & child at Rough Meadows in summer © Jerry & Marcy Monkman (
© Jerry & Marcy Monkman (

Mass Audubon actively protects over 38,000 acres of land across Massachusetts and is now the largest private conservation landowner in the Commonwealth. This land provides wildlife with undisturbed habitat in which to breed, corridors along which to migrate, and rich settings in which to thrive. It provides people with sanctuaries to experience the restorative benefits of nature, outdoor education where their children can learn about the circle of life, and ample space to explore the wonders of nature.

In a world experiencing rapid climate change, land conservation helps prepare us for the future by preserving the elements of nature that wildlife and people will need in order to adapt. 

Key Accomplishments from FY 2018


View of restored valley at Tidmarsh

Additional acres of land protected. This includes over 500 acres in Plymouth that underwent the largest freshwater wetlands restoration ever in the northeastern United States! 



Copicut Neck

Total acres of protected land owned by Mass Audubon at the end of the year. 


Land Conservation partner logos

Portion of projects that were completed in partnership with other conservation organizations—public and private.



Stream at Petersham Conservation Restriction property

Acres of land we do not own but we conserve via Conservation Restrictions that we hold. This allows us to monitor and ensure the protection of these natural areas.


View of fall foliage and sky at Whetstone Wood

Fair market value of the additional land protected. Actual value? Priceless.



Land donors Judy & Dudley Williams

Families put their land into conservation by making outright gifts of land to Mass Audubon or selling at a reduced price.